Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
Many said that they didn’t say a word for the entire drive home.
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Whether you know the details of the stories or not, the essential element is this - out of death comes life. It dramatizes a dynamic we see time and time again:
Out of separation comes connection
Out of betrayal comes reconciliation
Out of suffering comes compassion
Out of hate comes love
Out of loss comes gain
Out of grief comes forgiveness
Within the sound of silence
While we conceive this movement as being “out there,” it is always a movement within…often deep within.
Take time for silence – even for a few moments. It helps care for your deep within.
The final spiritual reference is to the silence beyond the sound. Joseph Campbell
For more on the importance of silence, here is an excerpt from Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity by John Lane (read now).
Also, listen to Simon & Garfunkel sing The Sound of Silence at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert (2009) – a mature rendition, 45 years after its first recording (listen now)